Our Board2020-08-12T13:45:35+10:00

Our Board

The Board is responsible for the governance activities of the service, deriving its authority from the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 and the Hospital and Health Boards Regulation 2012.

There is a clear distinction between the strategic role of the Board and the operational role of the Executive. The Board controls the service for which it is established, whilst the Chief Executive and leadership team are responsible for implementing the Board’s directions and for the day-to-day management of the service.

The functions of the Board include:

  • developing the strategic direction and priorities for the operation of MNHHS
  • monitoring the compliance and performance
  • ensuring safety and quality systems are in place which are focused on the patient experience, quality outcomes, evidence-based practice, education and research
  • developing plans, strategies and budgets to ensure the accountable provision of health services
  • ensuring risk management systems are in place and overseeing the operation of systems for compliance and risk management reporting to stakeholders
  • establishing and maintaining effective systems to ensure that the health services meet the needs of the community.

The Board has 11 independent members who bring a wealth of skills and knowledge across public, private and not-for-profit sectors with a range of clinical, health and business experience.

The following committees support the functions of the Board, each operates with a terms of reference describing the purpose, role, responsibilities, composition, structure and membership:

Board meeting summaries

The Board publishes a summary of the key points discussed and decisions made at each meeting. The summaries highlight key points discussed and any decisions that were made by the board. They do not form or represent any part of the minutes of the meeting.

Board members


B Econ, DipEd
Board Chair
Appointed: 18 May 2020
Current term: 18 May 2020 to 31 March 2024

Mr Jim McGowan AM was appointed Chair of the Metro North Hospital and Health Board on 18 May 2020. Jim was previously Chair of the South West Hospital and Health Board and has significant high level public administration experience, specialising in the areas of governance, accountability, service delivery improvement and performance management.

Jim is a former Director-General of the Department of Community Safety, Department of Emergency Services and Justice and Attorney General. Since 2012, he has held the position of Adjunct Professor, School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University and in 2015 led the review of the Queensland Industrial Relations system and related legislation for the Queensland Government. He has led the Taskforce on Occupational Violence for Queensland’s Hospital and Health Services which reported in June 2016, and in 2019 was a member of the Expert Panel to provide advice to the Minister for Health regarding Queensland Health’s Governance Framework.

On Australia Day, 2012, Jim was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to public administration in Queensland through the development and implementation of public sector management and training reforms and to improved service delivery”.

Jim’s expertise in organisational reform and change management were highlighted in 2009, when as Director-General of Community Services, he led the successful merger of the Departments of Emergency Services and Corrective Services. Savings from this initiative were directed towards front-line operations. In 2007, when Director-General of Emergency Services he was involved in the Audit of the Queensland Ambulance Service and responsible for the implementation of its recommendations which were focused on redirecting resources to front-line services and improving service delivery performance.

He has been involved in Emergency Management as Director-General, Department of Community Safety and Deputy Chair of the State Disaster Management Group. He led key response agencies and co-ordinated the response to a range of disasters which had serious and widespread impacts across Queensland and the nation including cyclones (including Hamish, Uliu and Yasi), the widespread flooding of Queensland in 2010-11, various other flooding and serious weather events, oil spills and other environment threats and bio security threats such as the N1H1 virus and Equine Influenza.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland, and a Diploma of Education, University of Queensland. He is also a Commissioner of Declarations.

RN, BA, LLB, LLM (Advanced), PhD, MAICD
Deputy Chair and Chair, Safety and Quality Committee
Appointed: 18 May 2013
Current term: 18 May 2018 to 17 May 2021

Dr Kim Forrester is a Registered Nurse and barrister at law. Her clinical background includes intensive and coronary are nursing. She is a member of the Australian College of Nursing and established the Masters in Emergency Nursing program at Griffith University where she was also a foundation academic in the School of Medicine. Dr Forrester is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University.

As a barrister, Dr Forrester’s areas of legal practice include coroner’s inquests, professional regulation and child protection. She held the position of Assistant Commissioner (legal) on the Queensland Health Quality and Complaints Commission from 2006 to 2009, and is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Health and Disability Law Committee. Dr Forrester is also the Chair of the Community Services Commission, Anglicare Southern Queensland.

She publishes extensively in the area of health law including as editor of the Nursing Column in the Journal of Law and Medicine, and co-author of Essentials of Law for Health Professionals, Australian Pharmacy Law and Practice and Essentials of Law for Medical Practitioners.

Member and Chair, Improving Indigenous Outcomes Board Committee (non-statutory)
Appointed: 18 May 2017
Current term: 18 May 2020 to 31 March 2024

Mr Adrian Carson joined Metro North in May 2017 and has over 25 years’ experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. As the CEO of the Institute for Urban and Indigenous Health, Mr Carson plays a leading role in the coordination of planning, development and delivery of comprehensive primary healthcare and integrated social support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across South East Queensland. He has worked as CEO of Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), the peak body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Sector in Queensland, and has previously worked with both the Queensland and Australian Governments.

Mr Carson is currently completing an MBA and holds directorships of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research. He was previously a Director of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC).

Member and Chair, Finance and Performance Committee
Appointed: 18 May 2018
Current term: 18 May 2019 to 31 March 2022

Mr Bernard Curran is a Chartered Accountant and has practiced in the areas of taxation and business advisory for a range of clients and industry sectors including healthcare over the past 30 years. He is a Partner of BDO Qld and has held executive roles as well as managing his client practice. He has had extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions include firms in the health sector. He is currently a Director of BDO Qld and BDO East Coast Practice.

Mr Curran has also held directorships on a number of private company boards and serves as Chair and a member of a number of Advisory Boards including in the superannuation administration, contract cleaning and fast moving consumable goods sectors.

Mr Curran holds a Bachelor of Business – Accountancy from QUT. During 2017 he was appointed an Executive in Residence – Visiting Fellow for the Accountancy School at QUT. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Mr Curran has been actively involved in serving on not-for-profit Boards. He was the Chair of Crèche and Kindergarten Association Limited from 2012 to 2017. He also served as a Director of Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority during 2014 and 2015. He became a Director of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation in 2008 and became Chair of its Board in 2012 until December 2018. In 2017 he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Queensland Community Foundation.

Member and representative on The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Board
Appointed: 18 May 2016
Current term: 18 May 2020 to 31 March 2024

Ms Bonny Barry is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years’ experience in community, hospice, hospital and clinic settings in Queensland and Victoria.

Ms Barry was the Professional Officer for Aged Care and Private Hospitals for the Queensland Nurses Union for six years. From 2001, she was State Member for Aspley for eight years, and served on several parliamentary committees including Chair of Caucus, Chair of Health Estimates, and the Assistant Minister for Education, Training and the Arts from 2006 to 2009.

More recently, Ms Barry has worked for the private sector before returning to nursing in 2012. She is co-author of The Nature of Decision Making of the Terminally Ill.

B Bus (Econ), Dip HA, Grad Dip Commerce (Mkt), MAICD, AFCHSM
Member and Chair, Risk and Audit Committee
Appointed: 18 May 2016
Current term: 18 May 2020 to 31 March 2024

Mr Geoff Hardy’s extensive career in healthcare management has spanned over 30 years, including operational roles at Royal North Shore Hospital, Westmead, and the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. After a period as Chief Executive at one of Ramsay Healthcare’s facilities, he established and ran their Malaysian subsidiary working closely with the Malaysian Ministry of Health in the planning of several major new facilities.

In addition to a period as a consultant to healthcare organisations in Queensland, Mr Hardy has also worked as CEO of two Brisbane law firms and was Global Leader for a commercial advisory practice providing strategic and commercial advice to government clients around the world. Recently, he has worked more broadly as an advisor to governments and private sector clients on significant infrastructure projects in the transport, healthcare and resources sectors and led AECOM’s Infrastructure Advisory practice for six years.

He is currently leading a national consulting team for Prominence, a Brisbane based firm providing services to a range of clients including several Hospital and Health Services.

PhD, MBus, GradCertAcadPrac (QUT), BNurs (NTU), GCertNurs (RPAH), FHEA, MAICD
Member and representative on the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation Board
Appointed: 18 May 2018
Current term: 18 May 2019 to 17 May 2021

Associate Professor Kim Johnston teaches at QUT Business School, and researches in the areas of community and stakeholder engagement, social impact, and communication. She originally trained as a Registered Nurse at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and worked in Sydney and Darwin in general surgical wards before moving into marketing and communication roles at News Limited, Nine Network, and for the Alcohol and Other Drugs program in NT Health Services. She moved to Queensland in 1997, working in the Queensland Health’s capital works hospital redevelopment program, and later as the communication manager at The Prince Charles Hospital.

She joined QUT in 2002 as a full time academic, completing her PhD in strategic communication and organisational culture in 2011. Since this time, Kim has been awarded more than $1.3 million in competitive engagement related research grants across government, private, and non-profit sectors. She has also published more than 65 peer reviewed articles, conference papers, and book chapters. She is lead editor of the Handbook of Communication Engagement (Wiley, 2018) and is on the editorial boards of Public Relations Review, Corporate Communication International Journal, and the Public Relations Society of America Journal. She also holds a Masters of Business (Communication), a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, a Bachelor of Nursing, and a General Certificate of Nursing.

BEd (QUT), MA (Ohio), PhD (Qld), MAICD
Member and Chair, Community Advisory Committee (non-statutory)
Appointed: 18 May 2016
Current term: 18 May 2020 to 31 March 2024

Professor Mary-Louise Fleming is Head, Corporate Education in the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology. She has experience in teaching and research in higher education, public health and health promotion for over 30 years.

Her research activity focuses on evaluation research and translational research for the World Health Organization, both Commonwealth and Queensland Governments, as well as consultancy projects for Queensland Health and the not-for-profit sector. Professor Fleming has co-authored two books on health promotion and public health, and contributed to several other books.

Professor Fleming is a member of the Queensland Government Ministerial Oversight Committee, Advancing Health 2026, a Board member of Wesley Medical Research Institute and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Her appointments have included Health Promotion Queensland, Board of the Wesley Research Institute, Board of Governors St Andrew’s Hospital, National Heart Foundation, the Queensland Cancer Fund and Chair of the Quality Management Committee for BreastScreen Queensland. She has an active consultancy practice involving reports on policy and practice for single health issues, policy development and implementation, and reviews and evaluation of numerous projects and programs.

MBA, BBus, GradCertDisRes, GAICD, NMAS
Appointed: 18 May 2019
Current term: 18 May 2019 to 31 March 2022

Mr Neil Roberts is a former Cabinet Minister in the Queensland Government. He was Minister for the challenging portfolios of Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services (including the Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Emergency Management Queensland). He brings to the Board, significant experience in the oversight of frontline service delivery agencies.

Mr Roberts has previously served as a member of various government and non-government committees including the Dental Board of Australia’s Queensland Registration and Notifications Committee and Australian Catholic University’s Queensland Chapter Advisory Board.

As a Member of Parliament, Mr Roberts chaired various Parliamentary Committees including Budget Estimates Committees and the Public Works Committee. He also served as Assistant Minister (Parliamentary Secretary) in a range of portfolios including Families, Communities and Disability Services, Employment and Training, Treasury and State Development.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (Corporate Governance) and a Bachelor of Business and is registered as a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Member and Deputy Chair, Community Advisory Committee (non-statutory)
Appointed: 18 May 2018
Current term: 18 May 2019 to 31 March 2022

Dr Paula Conroy has more than 10 years’ experience working within the primary care, hospital and corporate health sectors. Dr Conroy is a General Practitioner in Brisbane’s northern suburbs with a particular interest in preventative health. During her time working in the hospital setting, Dr Conroy spent a number of years in both emergency medicine and general surgery. In the corporate sector Dr Conroy worked for two of the largest health insurance companies in Australia, Bupa and Medibank Private.

Dr Conroy is passionate about medical training and she is both a clinical supervisor for The University of Queensland School of Medicine and teaches GP registrars with General Practice Training Queensland. She also holds positions on the Queensland Faculty of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Brisbane North PHN.

Dr Conroy brings her experience as both a GP and hospital trained clinician to the board. She is committed to continuous improvement particularly around the integration between primary healthcare and the hospital system and the role this plays in maintaining Australia’s world class health and hospital system.

Appointed: 18 May 2019
Current term: 18 May 2019 to 17 May 2021

Dr Robert Franz is the Director of Surgery at The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) and a consultant general surgeon. With nearly 40 years experience in general surgery, Dr Franz chairs Statewide committees for the Department of Health including the Queensland Surgical Advisory Committee and the Advanced Specialised Surgical Training Consultative Committee.

Dr Franz also had a particular interest in rural surgery where he was the director of Surgery for Toowoomba Base Hospital from 1991 to 2007; and was instrumental in the curriculum establishment for the rural doctors training program.

He has previously been a member of, and held the role of Chair, for a number of clinical committees including TPCH Surgical and Anaesthetic Services Committee (Chair), TPCH Gastrointestinal Services Advisory Group (Chair) and Rural Surgical Services Committee (Chair). Dr Franz also brings extensive medico-legal experience including WorkCover and AHPRA Expert Independent Assessor.

Contact us

Metro North Board
Located: Level 14, Block 7
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Phone: (07) 3647 9702
Email:  MNBFeedback @health.qld.gov.au